Fake news about recruitment rally on social media disappoints many

Nagpur: False information spread over social media about a territorial army (TA) recruitment rally to be held in the city led to aspirant crowds entering Sitabuldi Fort on Wednesday.

Even as the message spoke of a rally taking place between 20th and 24th February, on Wednesday itself a number of aspirants reached here. Some were seen sleeping before the gates of the castle, hoping to take advantage of the early birds.

Army officials came across a message in Marathi that a soldier general duty (GD) and trader recruitment rally would take place from February 20-24. The post, which also had a picture of a woman named as a corporation, Surekha Patil. This reported that the recruitment was soldier general duty and 63 tradesmen for 213 posts. There is no corporation in the town under that name.

The sub-area office of the army for Uttar Maharashtra and Gujarat (UMANG), has lodged a complaint with the police in the matter. The office of the defense PRO issued a statement that recruiting for TA is carried out under the aegis of the ARO which, though all major newspapers, advertises the schedule well in advance.

Advertising is not done by social media and there is no question of involvement of any political leader such as the corporator whose picture was in the post, a source added.

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